Twitter Reactions: Déjà Vu all over again as England pip New Zealand in the super over to clinch the series

Jordan did the job for England in the last over of the chase and then in the super over.

Johny Bairstow and Tim Seifert
Johny Bairstow and Tim Seifert. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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Wow!! At one stage, with the rain pelting down, it looked like the trophy will be shared. But a few hours later, England and New Zealand were involved in the super over. A perfect deja vu. History repeated itself again and the events which took place on July 14 in that hilarious World Cup final were remembered. However, England didn’t need the boundary count rule this time as Chris Jordan nailed his yorkers perfectly to defend 17.

The same player scored 12 off the last three balls in the chase to tie the match for England. Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan batted in the super over for the visitors and they managed to send the ball into the stands twice to notch up 17 runs. New Zealand sent Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert to gun down the score with the latter taking the strike to everyone’s surprise.

The move backfired completely as Seifert couldn’t hit more than one four in four deliveries before leaving Guptill to score 11 runs off the last two balls. The man, who got run-out in that fateful final off the last delivery of the super over almost four months ago, had to do it again for his team. And this time, there was no drama at all with Jordan perfectly landing his wide yorker and yet again, Guptill and New Zealand were at the receiving end.

Rain delayed the proceedings early on

England opted to field first after winning the toss which was delayed due to rain. But soon after, the heavens opened up again and a significant delay led to the match being reduced to 11 overs per side. With both the sides possessing some of the fierce power-hitters, the spectators at the small Eden Park were in for a treat. And when the action began, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro didn’t disappoint.

The former especially was at his best finally hitting the ball fiercely and slammed 50 off just 20 deliveries. Even Munro got going from the other end as the Kiwi openers added 83 runs off just 31 balls before Adil Rashid snapped Guptill. Colin de Grandhomme’s promotion to number three didn’t work well but Tim Seifert continued to impress. While Munro scored 46 off 21, New Zealand‘s wicketkeeper-batsman slammed 39 runs off 16 to propel his team to 146 for the loss of 5 wickets in 11 overs.

All England bowlers got a bit of stick with Saqib Mahmood being the most economical bowler conceding 20 runs off his two overs. Rashid also did well with his leggies despite bowling on the small ground to return with 1/34 in his three overs.

England keep hitting sixes despite losing wickets

The chase was always going to be stiff but with England and their batting line-up, anything could’ve happened. Tom Banton got out early and so did James Vince to leave the team reeling at 9/2 in the second over. But that didn’t stop Jonny Bairstow from hitting sixes at will. Eoin Morgan also had some fun scoring 17 off 7. At 39/3, it looked like the visitors were losing wickets too quickly.

However, Sam Curran displayed his hitting skills to rejuvenate his team. Bairstow kept going and slammed three consecutive sixes to Ish Sodhi in the sixth over to turn the game on its head. Unfortunately, both the players got out with James Neesham and Mitchell Santner striking. Again at 101/5 after 7 overs, the match was nicely poised with New Zealand looking a bit ahead.

But not for England’s lower order. Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran and Chris Jordan smacked three sixes and two fours together to level the scores. Rather, it was all Deja vu for both the teams going into the final over as England needed 16 runs with Neesham bowling.

The equation was the same like the World Cup final earlier this year and Neesham, after bowling exceptional three deliveries to start with, horribly missed his mark to concede 12 in the last three balls and England tied the match with Jordan hitting four when needed five off one ball.

But once again, England managed to pip New Zealand in the thrilling super over. But this time, with far lesser drama, compared to that World Cup final.

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